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Activists raise voice in support of MASUKA; here’s all you need to know



Mumbai, July 7: To combat with the rising cases of lynching, many people stepped out raising their voice and asked for a new law to tackle the situation in the country.

The National Campaign Against Mob Lynching was founded by youth leaders Tehseen Poonawalla, Shehla Rashid, Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mewani last month after taking a cognizance to the rising number of mob lynchings.

Since then, the murders of DSP Ayub Pandith, Hafiz Junaid and Alimuddin, have taken place, which drew public attention in the form of #NotInMyName protests. Even the Prime Minister finally broke his silence to condemn lynchings by self-proclaimed gau rakshaks.

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 A number of prominent figures have come out in support of MASUKA.

According to the Quint reports, Prior to the launch of the Manav Suraksha Kanoon (MASUKA), prepared by a Drafting Committee headed by Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde, they have discussed the problems and their hopes for MASUKA.

The biggest challenge to a law such as MASUKA is garnering the requisite political will and fighting off the naysayers. Tehseen Poonawalla believes that:

Shehzad Poonawalla, a Congress member and lawyer, says that this is a bipartisan bill, not a political gimmick. He even suggests that there is cross-party support, with BJP MPs willing to table the bill as a private member’s bill, if necessary.

Anas Tanwir, a lawyer who worked on the drafting of the bill, stresses that the bill does not discriminate on the basis of religion – all victims of lynching are covered under it.

There has been criticism from even more informed members of the public that this law is not the solution, but instead, police reform is required.

The issue of police reform is actually one of the cornerstones of the draft MASUKA, directing policemen responsible for failing to control a crowd and suspending them if they fail to do their job.

Sanjay Hegde cleared that MASUKA differs from existing law as it says:

All of us are individual minorities. Each of us has a dimension where we could be a minority… This law aims to protect the individual minority, at the street level against being attacked by a majority, who have a feeling of immunity when they are in a mob.

The bill also seeks to ensure that the victims of such attacks and their families are rehabilitated and compensated, with mandatory state aid to be provided, as well as payment to the victims’ families of the fines paid by perpetrators.

Read Also: Alwar lynching: BJP MLA has no regret over Pehlu’s death

 This will be helpful in communally sensitive cases like Pehlu Khan’s lynching in Rajasthan, where his family received little help from the state for months after the incident.

Also, to refrain from being misused and misapplied, the way sedition law is by lower courts and police, Pranjal Kishore explained that there will be special courts meant to deal with cases under this law.

 Wefornews Bureau



Class 9 student suicide: Parents seeks CBI probe, School Principal refuses allegations of sexual harassment




New Delhi, March 22: The parents of a deceased 15-year-old, class nine student who committed suicide have demanded a CBI probe into the matter on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a group of people including kin of the victim agitated outside Ahlcon Public School in Mayur Vihar, Phase-I. They also blocked National Highway 24 in the protest.

Speaking to media, the student who committed suicide said no arrests have been made yet. Do they think my daughter lied about harassment by teachers? Is the Police under pressure or did they take bribes? I want justice and a CBI probe to be done.

On the other hand, the School Principal refuted the charges of sexual harassment made by the parents saying “one of the teachers against whom allegations are being made is a woman, how can she sexually harass someone? Other teacher has been here since 25 years and we never got any such complaint.

“School mourns her death and we are with the family. If I see her record she was an average student, not very good at studies but a great dancer. Students’ marks are given at PTMs but her parents didn’t attend any. She didn’t fail, had to give re-test”, he added.

According to ABP News, the CBSE has sought a report from Mayur Vihar’s Ahlcon school whose Class 9 student committed suicide over alleged sexual harassment.

The Noida Police on March 21 lodged a case against the principal and two teachers of an east Delhi school in the matter.


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Budget Session: Gratuity bill passed in Rajya Sabha, Both the houses adjourned for the day




New Delhi, March 22: As uproar continued on the 14th consecutive day in the second half of the Budget session, again both the houses failed to hold any discussion.

However, ahead of adjournment Rajya Sabha passed a Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) bill.

After TDP MPs walked up to the Well with placards, raising slogans, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh, the Chairperson halted the proceedings till March 23, 11 am.

Meanwhile, minutes after the house met for the day, Lok Sabha adjourned till noon as loud slogans of ‘We want justice’ are raised.

Later, when the lower house reconvened,  Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar made an appeal all the MPs that they let the House run, the government is ready for discussion on all issues, be it no -confidence motion or banking related matters.

However, pandemonium continued which prompted the speaker to adjourn the house.

Earlier in a day, TDP MPs staged a protest in Parliament premises, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. MP Naramalli Sivaprasad joined the agitation dressed as a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan volunteer, carrying a wiper.

On the other hand, AIADMK demonstrated over Cauvery issue.

YSRCP’s YV Subba Reddy wrote to Lok Sabha Secretary General and gave a notice to include no-confidence motion in the list of business tomorrow.


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PM Modi highlights importance of ‘Jal Shakti’ on World Water Day



Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi, March 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday highlighted the importance of ‘Jal Shakti’ on the occasion of the World Water Day saying when people conserve water cities, villages and farmers benefit “tremendously”.

“World Water Day is an occasion to highlight the importance of Jal Shakti (water power) and reaffirm our commitment towards water conservation.

“When water is conserved, our cities, villages and hardworking farmers benefit tremendously,” Modi tweeted.

World Water Day is observed annually on March 22 to remind people about conserving water — one of the most important elements that sustain life on the planet.


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